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John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824


The Election of 1824 was the first to be decided in the House of Representatives after the Twelfth Amendment was passed. Jackson received the most electoral votes and the greatest percentage of the popular vote (inasmuch as it existed in 1824), but the House voted for John Quincy Adams. In this lesson, students explore the election of 1824 and evaluate the Electoral College system.


Students will:

  • Understand the role of the House of Representatives in presidential elections.
  • Analyze what the “popular vote” meant in 1824.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Electoral College in light of the election of 1824.
  • Evaluate the success of the constitutional procedures for presidential election